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When a cavity forms on a tooth, the bacterial presence will continue to spread. In time, so much of the tooth enamel can be compromised by decay that it severely fractures or is otherwise lost. The resulting void can host several potential complications. Not the least of which could be a serious infection developing in the socket around the decaying root of the tooth.

For a case this severe, Dr. Christopher Hulen might advocate extracting all remnants of the tooth before preparing the area for a dental implant restoration. This is a titanium abutment that he installs directly into your jawbone.

Titanium is the industry standard for the implant abutment because it is known to be biologically compatible. Through the natural process of osseointegration, the implanted abutment will attain total fusion with the living bone tissues in the area.

Dr. Christopher Hulen can install the titanium abutment in a single appointment. You will need to be deeply sedated for this stage of the process. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home while you regain your senses.

Once the titanium implant has attained full fusion with the surrounding bone structure, Dr. Christopher Hulen can fit you for a dental crown. This is a perfect replica of the original tooth enamel layer that is cast in either gold, porcelain, or an alloy of base metals.

If you have lost a tooth to untreated decay and you’re interested in a dental implant in Tipton, Indiana, you should call 765-675-8745 to schedule a dental implant consultation at Hulen Family Dentistry.